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China's Self-Driving Electric Trucks Are Poul Anderson's Electrotrucks

These well-organized electric trucks at China's Tianjin Port are completely autonomous!

Science fiction fans may recall Poul Anderson's 1956 story The Corkscrew of Space, and his description of electrotrucks:

As he watched, [the spacecraft] entered its cradle and was wheeled off toward the waiting electrotrucks. Unloading began immediately; the trucks gulped packages and scurried like beetles toward the warehouses.

I'd also note the earliest reference to the idea of an autonomous truck that I know about, the automatic truck from Miles J. Breuer's 1930 story Mechanocracy.

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